1.11.11 - “[C]ompleting the Niagara GO Expansion”
The Niagara GO expansion is still underway as Metrolinx and Infrastructure Ontario have awarded a contract for a consortium to construct and operate the proposed Niagara GO. As the Niagara GO is still in progress, the promise is partially kept.
“METROLINX and Infrastructure Ontario have awarded a multi-billion-dollar contract for on-corridor works for the GO Transit commuter rail expansion project to ONxpress Transportation Partners, a consortium of Alstom, Aecon Group, DB International Operations and FCC Construcción. […] The consortium will design, build, operate, and maintain the new infrastructure and trains for 25 years. Alstom will supply new electric locomotives, install ERTMS Level 1 train control, a new traction power system and electrify the network at 25kV ac. Alstom will also upgrade GO Transit existing fleet of double-deck coaches supplied by Bombardier Transportation, signalling, telecommunications, and other digital equipment.”
The Niagara GO expansion continues to be in its planning stages. The promise therefore remains in progress.
“Niagara will see 11 GO trains daily to and from Niagara. That is the conclusion from an update from Metrolinx, the agency which oversees public transportation in the Greater Toronto and Golden Horseshoe area. Metrolinx recently provided Niagara with an update on the its initial business case for expanded GO service in Niagara. The update recommends a service pattern that is to include six outbound trains from Niagara Falls to Union Station and five trains inbound from Union Station to Niagara Falls seven days a week. The report said the schedule will reduce travel time from Toronto to Niagara Falls 15 minutes to 45 minutes over current train-bus services.”
“Last week Metrolinx released an update on it’s Niagara Falls rail service extension which has the goal of implementing a two-way all-day service to Niagara Falls on the Lakeshore West corridor. […] So far, Niagara Falls and St. Catharines GO stations are ready for operation on the Lakeshore West line while Confederation is currently under construction. Grimsby has been earmarked for future expansion.”
“Niagara Extension: Ontario is planning to bring new weekday GO rail service between the future Confederation GO Station in Hamilton and the Niagara Region starting in 2021, with service to Niagara Falls by 2023. Three other stations are proposed along the corridor including a new station in Grimsby, as well as upgraded VIA rail stations in St. Catharines and Niagara Falls.”